constitutional-issues

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A note to Pa. Republicans: Just because you can amend the state Constitution, it doesn’t mean you should | Opinion

BY: - July 7, 2021

Republican lawmakers defend this end-run around the Governor by saying they just want to “let the voters decide.”

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Pa. Republicans are weaponizing the state Constitution. No one wins there | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 6, 2021

It's hard to amend the Constitution for a reason: To keep it from falling prey to short-term agendas

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Those constitutional amendments were aimed at the Pa. Supreme Court as much as they were at Wolf | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 26, 2021

The state Supreme Court, not the executive, is the branch of government that is out of control.

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This is Amy Coney Barrett’s supreme conflict of interest | Dick Polman

BY: - May 3, 2021

It’s hard these days to keep track of all the decrepitude in public life, so forgive me if I highlight some new sleaze that has likely escaped your notice.

Pa. racial equality amendment has precedent — and online skeptics

BY: - April 29, 2021

The question asks voters if they support “adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual’s race or ethnicity?”

What you need to know about the 2021 Pa. primary ballot questions

BY: - April 27, 2021

In addition to casting a vote in municipal and judicial races, Pennsylvania voters will have to vote “yes” or “no” on May 18 on four ballot questions. 

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The debate over the Emergency Powers Amendment, explained

BY: - April 17, 2021

During the May 18 primary, voters will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's emergency powers.

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‘We are the victims’: Pa. House, Senate bills would ban gay, trans-panic defense

BY: - April 12, 2021

Thirteen other states have already moved to ban this dehumanizing defense tactic in criminal cases.

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US Constitution

What to do about the coming crisis in the Rule of Law | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - April 8, 2021

The view that judges are partisan and will rule for their side if they can is the opposite of the promise of the rule of law.

Historic Pa. public school funding lawsuit finally heading to trial this fall

BY: - April 2, 2021

The plaintiffs in the case want Pa. Commonwealth Court rule that the state’s current funding system is unconstitutional and order the Legislature to fix it. 

Abuse survivors dealt another setback, as GOP Senate says it won’t take up emergency reform

BY: - March 22, 2021

The decision means that victims must wait at least two more years to bring abusers and institutions to court. 

Will public institutions be held liable for decades-old abuse claims? Pa. Senate bill wants to make sure they can

BY: - March 17, 2021

An amendment that a key state Senate committee approved Tuesday seeks to put to rest a separate debate: whether public institutions, such as local government and schools, can be held liable for abuse that took place decades ago.